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Currently, Jimmy's been at his new home for one whole week.

I have started to train him to sit on my finger while he eats millet spray, which I have started to do yesterday and was successful twice and again today.
I have also put the millet spray close to me so he has flown near me and been able to eat it but I have not had contact with him on that occasion.

I'm hoping to be able to keep working to get him tame. I'm going to read some of the suggestions on here as well for things to try.
 

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I went out for a while this morning which mimicked my working day so when I came home, I went to see Jimmy and let him out for a fly.

He'd been out for a couple of hours when he started to chirp- just the one chirp every few seconds and he was flying around every now and then. Now, Jimmy isn't hand tame and hasn't even stepped onto my finger without food yet, nor has he ever intentionally landed on me.
So as I was sat down, watching a Movie, he came and landed beside me for just a couple of seconds before he moved again. So I decided he was trying to tell me something and I went and got some millet spray for him and put it beside me.
As soon as I sat down, he flew down next to me and started eating his millet. I think it's safe to say all taming I get done with this boy is going to be through his love of millet.
 

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Jimmy now has learnt that if he flies down next to me, I will feed him millet. He's asked for it twice today by flying down beside me. He usually flies back to where he feels safe while I get a little bit.
I've been cutting off a couple of bits and then putting it in my hand and Jimmy then flies down and eats out of my hand. The last few times when he was finished he left very quickly but today he stayed where he was a little longer and then walked away a little before flying back to his happy place.

I'm really pleased with how he's settling in so far.
 

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One step forwards, two steps back as they say.

Yesterday and today Jimmy has flown over to me to get his millet but quickly bolted again. He has landed a lot closer than he was landing before and I think this is making him nervous but he flies to me and can land further away but has picked a closer position.

So even though he has come over and not fed from my hand, I am not discouraged because he is attempting to be braver and with patience, I know he will be back again soon.
 

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No sooner have I posted the above update does Jimmy not come down to get his millet as close as he has been before. I didn't have the millet in my hand this time but he was really close and sat there once he finished for quite a long time, very content.

 

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Hi I've enjoyed reading about your bonding progress-well done!:) I've adopted two 'older' budgies and had them about four weeks approx now. There's been some trust gained as they will kind of briefly step onto my open palm to eat millet. The boy is especially good this way, the female less so. I've read articles on here about bonding and training. They're very good and helpful, but many talk about training stuff etc OUTSIDE of the cage but my little friends won't come out, despite me opening the door, and leaving it open, when I'm there. They've not had the best start in life, with their previous owners (and that's putting it mildly!) plus they each have very different personalities so I'm not sure what to do to get them to both feel safe with me, trust me and want come out. As said, they will eat millet from my hands, but won't come out for it even if I leave it on the table in front of them. I realise it's still early days, but I would welcome any tips and words of encouragement from anyone on here!:)
 

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Hi I've enjoyed reading about your bonding progress-well done!:) I've adopted two 'older' budgies and had them about four weeks approx now. There's been some trust gained as they will kind of briefly step onto my open palm to eat millet. The boy is especially good this way, the female less so. I've read articles on here about bonding and training. They're very good and helpful, but many talk about training stuff etc OUTSIDE of the cage but my little friends won't come out, despite me opening the door, and leaving it open, when I'm there. They've not had the best start in life, with their previous owners (and that's putting it mildly!) plus they each have very different personalities so I'm not sure what to do to get them to both feel safe with me, trust me and want come out. As said, they will eat millet from my hands, but won't come out for it even if I leave it on the table in front of them. I realise it's still early days, but I would welcome any tips and words of encouragement from anyone on here!:)
Thanks. Jimmy is quite the opposite of your two- he doesn't seem to like interaction in his cage and whenever I am trying to just do some bits in his cage, he's looking for a way to escape.
I let him out as much as possible but with work, he can only come out so much.

Do you know if your two were ever allowed out before?
I know that they consider their cages their safe place so as you say they didn't have a good start before coming to you, maybe they just feel really safe and happiest in their cages.
Can you maybe try and get them to come to the door of their cage to feed? That way they still feel safe and aren't outside their comfort zone but it's pushing the boundary a little more. Then, maybe if you can get them used to that, maybe try it so if they will perch at the door of the cage, they need to take one step outside to get to the millet.

I'm sure others on here will have some great advice for you, but if it doesn't get much attention here, maybe try starting a new topic where others will see it. :)
 

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Thanks for your reply. They didn't really have a good life before: kept in a dank, shaded room, or on a cold concrete draughty porch step! They weren't allowed to fly out much, if ever. The previous owners had neither the time nor the interest in them. So I realise it's all quite a change for them, including me offering them a toy and fruit, veg etc. I think I will try a start a new post about this, as per your advice. I did one the other day, but can't remember now how I did it! Perhaps you could remind me?....thanks! :):budgie:
 

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I see that you worked out how to make a new post. :)
Everyone on here is great with advice whenever I've had a query. I'm sure they'll be the same for you too.

Jimmy's new favourite place is to perch on top of my laptop, which is good. He's getting closer to me and he's observing being close while I just continue to go about with what I'm doing. He's sitting with me as I type this. I'm sure you will find that yours will also gain trust in you over time.

Edit: Interestingly, Jimmy came and sat on the laptop and I put the millet sprat down for him to eat. He's been a little back and forth today, coming over and then flying away, so I decided I'd put the millet down for him to get without me holding it in case he was having an insecure day.
Well, for a good few minutes now, Jimmy has remained just perching on my laptop and watching me type. I've been talking to him and he's just content to sit there and watch, so he seems to be coming over to visit me and not just for food now which is a lovely step forward. He still won't step on my finger but I'm so pleased with his progress. Tomorrow marks his second full week with us.
 

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It's OK, I've done it! Managed to start a new post...which I think you've seen.:)
Thanks.

I've just seen your reply now. Gosh, I'm still getting a bit lost on here!:)

That's great that Jimmy is coming so close to you. I so wish mine would, but I'm not hopeful. Think we're all having an insecure day here: them, and me! :(:)S
 

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I've just seen your reply now. Gosh, I'm still getting a bit lost on here!:)

That's great that Jimmy is coming so close to you. I so wish mine would, but I'm not hopeful. Think we're all having an insecure day here: them, and me! :(:)S
It takes a while to get used to forums. I'd be much more lost if I didn't once run a forum! It took me ages to learn how to do anything!!!

But don't be disheartened. I'm sure with time they will adjust more.
Jimmy still has his insecure days and I'm very aware that in a couple of weeks I'll have to retreat him for his scaly face mites and that might set him back all over again. All we can both do is keep reassuring our babies and letting them take it at their own pace.
 

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While at the supermarket today I got some new fresh fruit and veg to try Jimmy with. He's never eaten anything I tried with him before (I haven't overloaded him with things so far) but today I gave him a tiny bit of red pepper, grape and melon mix and he loved the melon. He hasn't quite got to grips with eating things yet as he kept nibbling on it and it would fall every time he bit a piece off so next time I will cut it into longer strips so he has something to grab, or the alternative is to try and make it even smaller.

Jimmy's also spending some time on his outside cage perch now instead of spending all his time on top of the wardrobe which is his favourite place to go, which I think is good that he's finding other places to settle in the room.
 

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Aw!! Love your photo of Jimmy watching you at the laptop!:)) Sooo cute! I am using a tablet, and often sit with it at 'their' table which they seem comfortable with, but they don't come close...maybe if they could read, like Jimmy can?!:);):)

I've been offering Simmi and Jenni different foods over the last few weeks. So far their favourite is tangerine. They like spinach too; not sure how much of it they eat, and how much they just shred!:) They 'turned up their beaks' at peas, red fruits and carrot but maybe they'll like them in the future. But if not, that's OK as long as I find enough stuff they do like. :)
 

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Aw!! Love your photo of Jimmy watching you at the laptop!:)) Sooo cute! I am using a tablet, and often sit with it at 'their' table which they seem comfortable with, but they don't come close...maybe if they could read, like Jimmy can?!:);):)
I think he just comes over to tell me to get him millet really. he hasn't been over to me today but then I was sorting things out today and he was perched on the outside of his cage watching.

On an additional Jimmy note, he has a little plastic ball with a bell in it. I put it up on the wardrobe where he likes to perch and that ended up on the floor for the first time today. He's showing an interest in new things.

I'm reluctant to put toys in his cage as my Dad put a swing in there for him and he freaked out in his cage early that morning so I think he had knocked it and the fact it moved freaked him out, so I'm really overly cautious now about anything that might disturb his sleep.
 

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Simmi sometimes goes on the swing inside the cage, but Jenni doesn't seem interested other than to maybe peck a bit at the sides.
I got them a toy the other day off Amazon, so far they've not shown much interest in it. I was hoping it would give them something to chew and peck at and shred....but maybe I should've just stuck with my idea of a wee bell on a wee chain..?....!:)
 

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Simmi sometimes goes on the swing inside the cage, but Jenni doesn't seem interested other than to maybe peck a bit at the sides.
I got them a toy the other day off Amazon, so far they've not shown much interest in it. I was hoping it would give them something to chew and peck at and shred....but maybe I should've just stuck with my idea of a wee bell on a wee chain..?....!:)
There's something so adorable about a budgie on a swing. They might play with the new toy soon. I'm sure they'll look at it eventually. :)

You are doing great with Jimmy. At this rate you will be covered in poo before you know it. And that's a good thing:).
Jimmy loves to share his poo. :) I'm sure eventually, I'll get it on me!
 
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